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February 02, 2010

ABAX announces release of the World's first Creative Commons ELT text

Whodunit-cover.jpgELT publisher ABAX has just released a world first in ELT publishing: A free-to-share, DRM-free eBook under a Creative Commons license. The title, Fiction in Action: Whodunit, is the first in a series of 'Narrow Reading' textbooks which attempt to bridge the gap between extensive and intensive reading approaches. The complete text is available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis by clicking here and will also be available in a traditional printed version from the spring 2010 semester.

The Creative Commons license means that teachers who download the eBook can print it out, share it with colleagues, even try out the whole course in their class. If it works for them, teachers are encouraged--but under no obligation--to either pay a fair amount through the website, or to simply order the print edition in futu re semesters, as they would any other textbook.

Creative Commons, a non-profit organization, was created in 2001 to provide greater licensing flexibility to creative works of all kinds. Unlike the traditional "All Rights Reserved" copyright system, CC licenses have been described as "Some Rights Reserved". The CC cause is championed by a number of progressive artists and organizations, including Wikipedia, TED Talks, Flickr, Nine Inch Nails, and bestselling author Cory Doctorow.

Co-authors Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides hope that their experiment will lead to more innovation regarding digital distribution and rights management by other ELT publishers in the future.

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